Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter
THE INDEPENDENT Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has asked Parliament to clothe it with powers to take samples from members of the security forces who are involved in incidents such as shootings.
"We do see a number of incidents where there is a suspicion that the officers involved might have been under the influence of drink when they use force in an allegedly inappropriate way," Terrence Williams, INDECOM's commissioner said Thursday.
Williams was continuing submissions, on behalf of INDECOM, to a joint select committee which is considering the review of the INDECOM Act.
Commissioner Williams noted that at present, there is no permission in law for officers of the Commission to take specimens to test for alcohol or drugs.
"We would ask that the law be amended to allow us to take those specimens for examination," Williams said.
He told the committee that INDECOM has the capacity to do the testing, as there are persons on its staff with advanced degrees in forensic science.
The commissioner suggested that persons who refuse to provide samples be criminally charged for failure to submit to a lawful request of the Commission.